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As fast-paced and chilling as the Alaskan ice itself, Ice Island is a gripping, hard-to-put-down story of adventure and danger perfect for fans of Gary Paulsen or Jean Craighead George. I en…
Helen Gayle said, “If you educate a girl, you educate a nation.” Ki and Sang Ly live in a tough place with very little hope for the future, until Sang Ly finds her golden ticket.  This isn’t j…
One Piece is a fast-paced adventurous voyage of the imagination. Oda's vivid illustrations of his unique characters and setting bring the story to life, and that story is told beautifully. The narrati…
As a young girl I loved to watch the movies The Secret Garden and A Little Princess so I was very happy to begin reading this book and get Frances Hodgson Burnett vibes almost right away.&nb…
A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice, by Rebecca Connolly, tells the story of the ship that rescued survivors from the sinking of the Titanic. Though a work of fiction, this novel is based on extensive …
Abby Beckett is no one special. Just a girl with a mother who's deceased, a father who's an English professor, and the legacy of being descended from the Aesir, elite warriors charged to defend the ea…
Jennifer Nielsen is always a solid bet for a children's book. Rescue is no exception. Set during World War II, Rescue follows the story of Meg Kenyon, a young girl living with her mother …
I’ve been hearing the idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” ever since I was a kid. And while at first, I thought Echo North’s cover was boring, I came to realize how elegantly it portrays the story…
Alan Gratz is becoming "the guy" for middle grade historical fiction on tough topics. Refugee has received many accolades--all of which it deserves. It is a raw, unfiltered look at the immigrant exp…
Cytonic, the third book in the Skyward series, is the most ambitious book in this series so far. In the second book, Starsight, Spensa left her home world and traveled among the stars. In Cytonic, Spe…
My Fine Fellow is a food inspired take on the classic Pygmalion or My Fair Lady story.  Set in 1800’s England, the story follows the training and rise of Mr. Elijah Little as two aspiring culinar…
Veronica Agarwal’s Just Roll With It is a sweet story of friendship and overcoming difficulties. Lee Durfey-Lavoie’s illustrations are an excellent complement to Agarwal’s story. The majority of the c…